Ten high school students from Illinois' 70th District visited lawmakers in Springfield April 10 and 11 as part of State Rep. Jeff Keicher's (R-Sycamore) Youth Advisory Council trip. Included in the trip were Burlington Central High School student Zimar Siddiqui and Kaneland High School students Audrey Batts, Sofie Carrillo and Amanda Malawski.
According to a news release from Keicher's office, the Youth Advisory Council gives students a hands-on perspective of how state government works.
“I believe it is very important for our students to be engaged in current affairs, share their opinions on issues facing the state and learn about how they can make an impact in public service,” Keicher stated in the news release. “I was consistently impressed with these students and their ability to ask tough questions of our elected officials during their time in Springfield.”
The students toured the Capitol, watched House Floor action from the gallery and met with several elected officials, including Governor JB Pritzker, Lieutenant Governor Julianna Stratton, State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, House Speaker Michael Madigan, House Majority Leader Greg Harris and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin.
The students also toured the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and met with legislative staff, lobbyists, and Bernard Schoenburg, a longtime political journalist.
The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of juniors and seniors from area high schools chosen by their school to serve as representatives of the student body.
Rep. Keicher serves the 70th District, which includes most of DeKalb County along with portions of western Kane County and eastern Boone County.